Tools & Guidelines

Reaching Every District Using Quality Improvement Methods: A How-To Guide for Immunization Program Managers

The RED-QI How-to Guide for Immunization Program Managers conveys the essential knowledge and tools needed to apply the Reaching Every District using Quality Improvement (RED-QI) approach. It is a practical resource intended for immunization program staff at the national and sub-national levels who are interested in introducing RED-QI tools and practices to improve the quality of immunization program management.

Primary Health Care Unit Reaching Every District (PHCU RED) Guidelines

These service delivery level guidelines are for the implementation of the Reaching Every District (RED) strategy at health center and health post levels in Ethiopia. Download the PHCU RED Guide (includes both Health Center & Health Post Guides). Download the Health Post Guide. Download PHCU guide orientation video (in Amharic).

Immunization Job Aids

This series of job aids will help health workers manage some key functions of the routine immunization system. These job aids address five common challenges with providing immunization services at the health facility level. Download:

Planning of routine immunization sessionsposter in English; brochure in Englishposter in Amharic; brochure in Amharic

Vaccine managementposter in English (front-opening refrigerator); poster in English (top-opening refrigerator); poster in Amharic (front-opening refrigerator); poster in Amharic (top-opening refrigerator)

Using a fishbone diagram to analyze and solve problemsposter in English; poster in Amharic

Improving data qualitybooklet in English; booklet in Amharic

Tracing defaulters to improve immunization performanceposter in English; poster in Amharic

Updating and Monitoring Your Immunization Microplan Guidelines

This guidance document is intended to help district (woreda) and health facility staff review their immunization performance and provides instructions on how to monitor and update their EPI microplan regularly.

Practical Guide for Woredas to Implement Mobile Immunization Services

This step-by-step guide was created to help woreda staff plan, implement and monitor mobile services for routine immunization.

Microplanning Template

This Excel template for the microplanning process can be used to plan for immunization service delivery. The microplan helps identify both gaps and resources, set targets, and guide health staff in developing appropriate strategies to reach immunization goals.

Quick Reference Guide for Implementing QI Strategies

This guide provides step-by-step instructions for staff working at district and health facility levels on how to implement various quality improvement (QI) tools and methods and serves as a practical tool for supervisors to use on supportive supervision visits to the health facility level.

RED Categorization Database

This Excel database allows woreda health office staff to analyze their coverage and drop-out rates to place their facility into one of four access- and utilization-related categories. Staff use the data to target routine immunization efforts and support.

Immunization Data Triangulation Tool (IDTT)

The Immunization Data Triangulation Tool (IDTT) is an Excel tool developed to triangulate immunization program and supply chain data for improved decision-making and action in Ethiopia. The accompanying User Guide provides information on the rationale and process for conducting data triangulation across immunization and supply chain indicators, provides guidance on the data review process, and instructs users on the use of the IDTT Excel tool. Download the Tool. Download the User Guide.

Quick Guide to Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and Vaccines in Ethiopia

This “pocket” guide was developed to provide basic information about vaccine-preventable diseases and their vaccines so that EPI program managers may reference and apply knowledge of key epidemiologic and clinical features of each vaccine-preventable disease. (2018)


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